Mental Health

Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

June 3rd, 2020

Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

Because of stigma and discrimination, those who identify as LGBTQ are more likely than their non-LGBTQ counterparts to struggle with mental health disorders and substance misuse. 

  • In 1 in 3 LGBTQ adults experience mental illness.
  • By comparison, 1 in 5 heterosexual adults experience mental illness.
  • Among the LGBTQ adults living with mental illness, 13 % have a serious mental illness that substantially interfered with major life activities. 
  • Among heterosexual adults living with mental illness, 4% have a serious mental illness.
  • LGBTQ adults are more than twice as likely than heterosexual adults to struggle with substance abuse. 


  • 60% of LGBTQ youth stop participating in their usual activities due to feelings of sadness or hopeless. 
  • LGBTQ youth are three times more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience depression or anxiety. 
  • LGBTQ youth are more than twice as likely to feel suicidal. 
  • LGBTQ youth are over four times more likely to attempt suicide, compared to heterosexual youth. 
  • Of the LGBTQ youth who attempt suicide over 50% are transgender or non-binary.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the LGBTQ youth ages 10 to 24.

Source: The Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth, Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Center for Disease Control National Health Statistics Report. 

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